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Tim Scott Senator of South Carolina What should have been a celebratory moment for Black people in the South has been tarnished by a racist exit poll that asked respondents to judge whether Blacks are way too “demanding in their push for equal rights.”


Tuesday’s election may have handed Congressional power over to the GOP, but it also ushered in several Black politicians who will go down in history – like South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the first African-American senator to be elected in the South since the Reconstruction era.


But soon after he celebrated his historic win, it was revealed that voters responding to exit polls in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg were asked a series of questions about whether Black people are going too far in their fight for equality.


One voter posted an image of the questionnaire on Twitter, showing onesection were voters were supposed to “agree” or “disagree” with the statement “Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights.”


The user called the poll “shameful.”


The man behind the racially charged questions is David Woodard, a political scientist at Clemson University who insists he meant no harm by including the questions on the poll.


“It was designed to take advantage of a political moment of Senator Tim Scott’s election as the first African-American from a southern state since reconstruction,” he told WSPA. “It was not designed to be provocative.”

That’s certainly not the impression it left on voters.


“I didn’t answer some of the questions,” one Facebook user from on WSPA’s Facebook page. “They were overtly racist.”


B1sEQ1LCMAAy7zQAnother commenter said she thought the questions were jokes because there was “no way” someone could seriously put those questions on an exit poll and not think they would be offensive.

One Twitter user pointed out the cruel irony behind the questions and the historial election.


“This is the 1ST black prson to b elected since RECONSTRUCTION [era],” they said in a series of tweets. “& u hve the nerve to say we’re being pushy? Not pushy enough apparently.”


Woodard tried to defend the poll by saying he asked those kinds of questions every day when conducting research and never had a problem.


“We do this every day,” he said. “We didn’t think too much about it until we got it out in the field and saw that there was some reaction.”


Even Paul White Jr., a doctoral candidate in political science from University of South Carolina who partnered with Woodard on the project, said the reactions were unanimous across all demographics.


“You had liberals getting offended,” White said. “You had conservatives getting offended. It was all over the place.”


Despite the controversy, White and Woodard plan to continue with the study and publish their findings in January.












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That is a good question. I would like to know, Black people should know these things, what we think and what White people and others think. 


I personally think Black people are too pushy for equality, since I do not believe in a such a concept .I can't even conceive of it logically. I believe either you have power or you don't. Either you are superior or inferior. Not we gonna go share power together. Or we gonna share superiority together. 


I never understood the concept to fight to be even with somebody. Be better. Fight for dominance, if you fighting to be equal than you might as well not fight at all because only people that wanna be equal are the people that are looking at at those who are superior and want to be on level of the superior.


Nobody who is superior and looking down at the inferior wants to be equal with the inferior and will do everything possible to NOT be inferior.


No rich man drives past the soup line wishing he could be equal with the homeless nor does he wish to compete with the homeless for his position. He'll donate to the homeless but he don't wanna be equal with the homeless in anyway possible. 


To be honest I think very few understand it means to be equal nor do anybody clarifies since equality is such an abstract concept when applied to living beings and not numbers.


First of all to desire to be equal, means there has to be somebody that you feel  is superior to you. To desire to be equal with somebody you have to feel less than or you wouldn't want to be equal. You have inferior outcomes and inferior living conditions compared to the people or person you are comparing yourself to.


I am pretty sure all of us want to be equal with Bill Gates.  


Second, when talking about equality, the superior is not thinking of joining the inferior. The superior is speaking of the inferior joining them in superiority. No White person is thinking about joining us in the ghetto when talking about equality. 


Third, the superior naturally wants to distance themselves from the inferior and the inferior naturally wants to get closer to the superior. There's a reason why when White people are moving into Black ghetto, Black people are being forced out. When Black people are moving into the White suburbs, White people are moving out. We literally chase White people all over the USA and they keep running away from us. 


More Black people talk about equality, the further away White people will distance themselves from us. They are making new cities. They are making new school districts - just for them. They are trying to pass new laws like the street harassment law when they move into the ghetto so Black people can't talk to them. 


More we talk about equality, White people distance themselves. When we weren't talking about equality aka in slavery, we lived with White people. Even while enslaved they passed all kinds of laws and social norms to keep the distance between us and them. But at least we were geographically closed to them. We were entrusted to take care of their children and their livelihood. 


That's just a historical and political observation. White people have no desire to be equal to us in any capacity because they won't even share a street or a neighborhood with us en masse. They don't even want to be in the same school.


White people don't wanna share inferiority with us. 


Fourth, we never discuss is it equality of outcomes or equality of opportunity...which is very odd. It's just equality. We never talk about the implications of equality. We never talk about what economists and sociologists with very little bias say about equality and even if it is possible. (Which its not for all intents and purposes. We have a hierarchy for a reason.) It's just equality. 


Fifth, I think Equality has became a religion instead of a political philosophy. If you don't believe in equality then you are a horrible person. If you do believe in equality, you are most likely a decent human being. If you ask anybody what it means to be equal, what would an equal society look like, we what would be the implications of equality - it's something vague like


"We'll be able to do whatever we want."


Like go ask somebody about god and they can't even explain it to you but they believe in it and want you to believe it. That's equality. 


I think all of us got a good idea that life is about ultimately competition because spend most of our lives competing to be better than everybody else. We are introduced to competition at a young age. In school and sports. Then we become adults and we are introduced to competition with our jobs and paychecks and acquiring material items.


But then when it comes to politics...there's equality...which means absolutely nothing to most of us but it just sounds so good in the face all of this competition and obvious effects of it - inequality - that we want to believe it simply out of naivety or an inferiority complex or a guilty conscience or all three.





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GOP activist DePass apologizes after joking on Facebook that gorilla is related to Michelle Obama





Monday, June 15, 2009, 9:42 AM
GOP activist Rusty DePass is in hot water over comments about First Lady Michelle Obama.GOP activist Rusty DePass is in hot water over comments about First Lady Michelle Obama.

A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.


Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, "I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably harmless."


Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks on his FITNEWS blog, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, "I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest."


Then he added, "The comment was hers, not mine," claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.


"'Humor' like this is nothing new for South Carolina Republicans - even as the party claims to be focusing on 'outreach' efforts to minorities," said Folks, a former gubernatorial spokesman and widely read blogger. "The fact that Palmetto [State] Republicans don't get that this is a serious problem for them baffles us."


Columbia's mayor called on DePass to apologize properly. "The comment is reprehensible. There's nothing funny about it," said Democratic Mayor Bob Coble. "What he needs to do is simply apologize in a straightforward manner."

DePass, former chairman of the Richland County GOP, was an early backer of George W. Bush and co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign in Richland County, the state's largest.


"Most of us, of course, particularly in South Carolina, never gave a damn about New Yorkers, but somehow the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, made those people Americans again," he wrote in a 2007 Op-Ed endorsing Giuliani.

Eric Davis, the current chairman of the Richland County Republicans, said his predecessor should get a pass. "Everyone says stupid things they regret later. I think the world should move on," he said.

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Don't worry, the World is watching, and taking notes on the fact that America is now being run by Troglodytes like DePass, so it's only a matter of time before America is completed written off by the international community (something many, many countries [foe and ally alike] have been itching to do for a very long time anyway.  


African Americans better Unite and formulate a Plan to shield ourselves from racist Tsunami headed our way (and it's coming) AND for when these lower-based troglodytes finally make America fall like Rome.  



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Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Don't worry, the World is watching, and taking notes on the fact that America is now being run by Troglodytes like DePass, so it's only a matter of time before America is completed written off by the international community (something many, many countries [foe and ally alike] have been itching to do for a very long time anyway.  


African Americans better Unite and formulate a Plan to shield ourselves from racist Tsunami headed our way (and it coming) AND for when these lower-based troglodytes finally make America fall like Rome.  



Yes indeed and its going to be bad on all poor people and the big surprise is the so called middle class will find out they are poor too and economic slavery is not the best reward for unchallenged oligarchy capitalism. What we are doing now is not good and it is just evil.


Perhaps both political parties will be challenge with a new party called something like a labor party, maybe the green party will get some grip. But somehow the masses need to rip this country from the super rich and move toward a government by the people. 



You damn right we need to fight for equal rights! What a stupid ass question!


Look, 1 out of 3 black males have been arrested, been on probation or on parole. 

34% of black males in Alabama can not vote because they have a felony! 


You gaddam right we don't fight enough for equal rights! We are not doing enough, those to stats are just the drop in the bucket of how we are suffering as a people because of discrimination, being marginalized in hiring, education and police profiling and just outright hateful racism. 

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